National Real Estate Challenge

The National Real Estate Challenge, hosted by the University of Texas at Austin each November, allows graduate student teams from top business schools compete for the highest honors and cash awards in an invitation-only real estate case competition.  

2018 National Real Estate Challenge Winners:
1st Place: University of California, Berkeley
2nd Place: University of California, Los Angeles
3rd Place: University of Southern California
4th Place: University of Michigan

2017 National Real Estate Challenge Winners:
1st Place: Columbia University
2nd Place: Northwestern University
3rd Place: University of California, Los Angeles
4th Place: University of Chicago

2016 National Real Estate Challenge Winners:
1st Place: University of Texas at Austin
2nd Place: Northwestern University
3rd Place: Columbia University
4th Place: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Challenge Sponsor: Lionstone Investments
Case Sponsor: Invesco
Host Sponsor: Greystar
Lead Sponsors: ACORE, Allianz, Almanac Realty, Silverstone, Blackstone, L&B Realty Advisors, Stockbridge Capital, LMC, Parkway, Transwestern, Howard Hughes, PGIM, Trammell Crow Company
Supporting Sponsors: Allstate Investments, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Centennial Real Estate, Compatriot Capital, Coretrust Capital, The Brookdale Group, Cypress real Estate Advisors, JLL, M-M Properties, Metzler Real Estate, Och-Ziff, RPAI, TIER REIT, RD Stone Interests, TriGate Capital

Benefits:

  • $25,000 in cash awards for top four finalist teams

  • Top corporate sponsors and judges

  • Network with potential employers

  • Challenge resume book

  • Excellent resume builder

  • Nationwide recognition

Additional Case Challenge Opportunities

Each year, McCombs MBA's participate in an array of additional real estate case challenges across the country. These include the UNC Development Challenge, ULI Hines Competition, North Texas NAIOP Competition, and Kellogg and Harvard Real Estate Venture Competitions. More information, including registration and dates, for GRES members to participate in the competitions will be distributed throughout the year.